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The Fruited Plain: Fables for a Postmodern Democracy

Alvin Kernan

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300092905
eISBN:
9780300128345
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300092905.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

The beleaguered Joad family of Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath struggled in an era of disappointed dreams and empty pockets. But how might the grandchildren of that Dust Bowl generation fare in today's ... More


Majoring in Deconstruction

Alvin Kernan

in The Fruited Plain: Fables for a Postmodern Democracy

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300092905
eISBN:
9780300128345
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300092905.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter paints a satirical picture of education in the USA through Earle Joad's efforts to obtain a first-rate education. He created a new academic persona by hacking into his high school's ... More


Merry Xmas from the Joads

Alvin Kernan

in The Fruited Plain: Fables for a Postmodern Democracy

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300092905
eISBN:
9780300128345
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300092905.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter opens with an email from Elspeth Joad, sending Christmas greetings and providing the latest news about members of her family. It then presents details about the members of the Joad ... More


The Politics Gene

Alvin Kernan

in The Fruited Plain: Fables for a Postmodern Democracy

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300092905
eISBN:
9780300128345
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300092905.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter paints a satirical picture of medical ethics in the USA through the experience of Ellsworth Joad. Ellsworth is staff ethicist to the crack Medicalization Committee, which is also part of ... More


A Long Way Up the Arroyo

Alvin Kernan

in The Fruited Plain: Fables for a Postmodern Democracy

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300092905
eISBN:
9780300128345
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300092905.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter paints a satirical picture of sex and marriage through the experiences of Earle Joad. It details Earle's relationship with his wife Drusilla, the deterioration of their marriage, his ... More


Religion USA

Alvin Kernan

in The Fruited Plain: Fables for a Postmodern Democracy

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300092905
eISBN:
9780300128345
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300092905.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter presents a satirical story of religion in the USA through the experiences of Somerset Joad. Somerset had always been a sensitive and impressionable youth. Diagnosed at school as having ... More


Klutz-Brightgrin H.R. 1984—The John Quincy Thud On-Line Biography of Great Americans

Alvin Kernan

in The Fruited Plain: Fables for a Postmodern Democracy

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300092905
eISBN:
9780300128345
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300092905.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter tells a satirical story about Congress. A well-publicized case involving the credit rating of Winfield Joad prompted the chairman of the House of Representatives National Information ... More


Virtual America

Alvin Kernan

in The Fruited Plain: Fables for a Postmodern Democracy

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300092905
eISBN:
9780300128345
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300092905.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter paints a satirical picture of television news. It describes the so-called Mordant Principle, “fiction is always superior to fact in every way”, and its scientific testing, of which ... More


Poshpenny v. Lone Tree State

Alvin Kernan

in The Fruited Plain: Fables for a Postmodern Democracy

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300092905
eISBN:
9780300128345
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300092905.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter gives a satirical tale of class-action lawsuits through the experiences of Thompson Joad. Thompson graduated 426th in a class of nearly six hundred from Lone Tree State's noted law ... More


Operation Gulliver

Alvin Kernan

in The Fruited Plain: Fables for a Postmodern Democracy

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300092905
eISBN:
9780300128345
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300092905.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter tells a satirical story about US overseas military operations. It focuses on the planning and execution of the Tongo-Bongo democratic independence expedition, code-named Operation ... More


Art Lets It All Hang Out

Alvin Kernan

in The Fruited Plain: Fables for a Postmodern Democracy

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300092905
eISBN:
9780300128345
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300092905.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter gives a satirical look of the art world through the experiences of Calista Joad. She went to New York in an attempt to break into the arts. She finds that talent and creativity were ... More


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